Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Couple fixes for this;
"The Shock", business owner next to me had this done, same pre-existing conditions as you. Afib all the time. Doctors gave him the following info; 98% chance it will work, 1% chance will cause a stroke, 1% chance you will die.
Had procedure done, complete recovery, heart rate is better than it has ever been. The "Shock" reset his heart back to normal. Now has a clean bill of health and lost over 70lbs of fluid that was collecting in his legs because his afib heart function affected his kidneys ability to function properly. New man so to speak. Same age as me, 52.
Pacemaker and or Pacemaker Defibrillator. This is what happened to my father. Several heart attacks over the years of differing severity and 1 stroke. Lower left ventricle functions at 60% at best in the fittest of us, his was functioning at 10%, every time he bent over to pick something up, blood flow to the brain cutoff, passes out, wakes up on the ground doesn't know why. Cardiologist determines he is not a good candidate for the "Shock" and neither for "open heart" surgery. Several test's determine this. He does have a stent in his chest from several years ago to open up one blocked artery
Surgeons install a 3 wire pacemaker/defibrillator developed at the St Jude Children's hospital in Memphis Tennessee. Long operation to have it installed, 3rd wire into the lower left ventrical was a bitch to do, 2 male surgeons tried, 3rd femaie surgeon got it on the 3rd try. Results, life back to normal, square dances with his partner on Monday mornings, Legion dance on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday evenings. walking about 1km a day every other day. He is 79 by the way. Has had two incidents where the defibrillator kicked in and restarted his heart, both occasions when he was out for a walk. Now he may not dance every dance like he used to 30-40 years ago but at 79 he keeps a pace that would definitely cripple a few younger people. This unit placed in his upper left chest is monitored by bluetooth connection in his home and sends a regular report thru his home wifi setup to the cardiology nurse practitioner who reports to the cardiologist. He is in for regular "tune up" of the device every 6 months or so. Last time they "added" a beat or two to his heart for when he is dancing. Really amazing technology that my family is so thankful for.
He is on some regular medication for his heart and his kidneys and he is a diabetic like me. All those conditions aside the "device" has helped him maintain a quality of life that is important to him.
Some benefits of either treatment that you should notice right away after completion, warmer hands and feet, better circulation, faster recovery from bruising or aches and pains, better circulation, some initial weight loss reduction of water retention in your legs from better kidney function.
No I'm not a doctor, don't have the brains to be one and i can't stand the sight of blood. I do attend most of his checkups with him as a second set of ears and have learned to ask questions of all his health care providers because they do process through their daily patient list fairly fast, remember in most cases it is not "new" to them and becomes routine for them in their industry. I find that they will explain stuff down into my "laymans" terms and when they do that it helps me to understand the process. Often I may ask a question that my Dad didn't think of at the time but is thankful after that i did.
So don't sweat it, listen to the medial team, research and make some informed choices, make a list of questions to ask about all the options offered.
In conclusion, good luck, keep your stick on the ice and yes a prayer or two shall be sent up to put in a good word or two for you.